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The Karnataka Federation of Independent Schools' Management (KFISM) Associations, with 284 CBSE and ICSE schools under its umbrella, has left it to the state government to tell them if they must nullify 25% of the admissions made so far, to make way for the EWS quota students under RTE. "We welcome the Act, but it is highly unlikely that the member schools will be able to implement the Act this academic year. There are 132 ICSE and 152 CBSE schools under the association and all of them completed the admission process in October. We have a practical problem, and want the government to give us a solution. If the government directs us to nullify 25% of our admissions, we are ready," said L. R. Shivramegowda, president, KFISM.
Around 100 members of KFISM met on Wednesday, 16th May, 2012 to decide on the next step of the implementation of RTE. The federation also cited the SC's judgment, stating that status quo should be maintained on the completed admissions. "We are not seeking any legal remedy. ICSE and CBSE schools do not come under the Karnataka Education Act, so there was no question of us following the admission calendar issued by the government. If the government had notified us in time, this problem would never have occurred," said Shivramegowda. Asked if they would increase their intake, he said: "Where is the space and infrastructure to add more students? We are already facing difficulties getting good teachers, where will we get more to maintain the PTR (pupil teacher ratio) of 1:30, as stated in the Act? It will only affect the quality of education," said Mansoor Ali Khan, general secretary, Management of Independent CBSE Schools Association and secretary, Delhi Public School. The association also raised objections on the reimbursement amount fixed by the government. "The issue is secondary, but the amount fixed is meagre. There cannot be one slab fixed for all. The government should reconsider the amount," he added.
Courtesy: Times of India
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